ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Truckload Carriers Association has named Adrian Parada, a driver for Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution, a Roadrunner Transportation Systems company, as a Highway Angel for his life-saving assistance to a pickup driver whose vehicle caught on fire.
Parada, from El Paso, Texas, is being honored during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and will be recognized at the Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution corporate office in El Paso by fellow drivers and company representatives.
At 3 a.m. the morning of October 25, 2016, Parada was in Ft. Stockton, Texas, purchasing fuel when he observed a pickup truck on fire. He immediately called fellow Stagecoach Cartage driver Mario Guerra, asking him to call 911. Meanwhile, Parada went to see if the driver in the pickup needed assistance. As Parada approached the vehicle, he saw the driver attempting to get out of the truck. The driver fell as he exited and Parada pulled him to safety. Reports state there were two explosions and the driver experienced burns to his knees, feet and arms, but was safely away from the vehicle — thanks to the quick action by Parada.
Parada was nominated for the award by Jennie Valenzuela, vice president of human resources, safety, for Stagecoach Cartage.
Valenzuela said, “When I expressed my appreciation to Adrian, he humbly said, ‘I did what anyone else would do.’”
Parada joins fellow Stagecoach drivers Jaime Avitia, Jimmie Torres and Juan Varela, who have been nationally recognized in the past.
Genuinely selfless in their actions, the Highway Angels are typically nominated by their employers, fellow professional truck drivers, or the motorists they’ve assisted out on the road. Once nominated, TCA investigates and verifies the details involved before recognizing the driver as a Highway Angel.
Since its inception in August 1997, TCA’s Highway Angel program has recognized hundreds of professional truck drivers for unusual kindness, courtesy and courage shown to others while on the job. Recognitions range from simple acts of kindness, such as fixing a flat tire, to heroic life-saving efforts, such as pulling someone from a burning vehicle or administering CPR.
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